An international research group led by Cornell University has found that plastic trash -- ubiquitous throughout the world's oceans -- intensifies disease for coral, adding to reef peril
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
New findings from the University of Oregon suggest that the Chicxulub meteorite impact set off the release of magma along seafloor ridges around the world, adding a layer of complexity to the debate on what drove a major extinction event
San Diego Supercomputer Center's chief data science officer Ilkay Altintas describes a National Science Foundation-funded project that uses data-driven knowledge and predictive tools to battle wildfires, such as those that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses in 2017
New research reveals that the evolution of skull shapes in the mammalian order Carnivora is influenced by much more than what a species eats
How did hurricanes Irma and Maria affect coral reefs in the Caribbean?
Rice University scientist Laurence Yeung, along with scientists at University of California Los Angeles, Michigan State University and the University of New Mexico, counted rare molecules in the atmosphere that contain only heavy isotopes of nitrogen, and discovered a planetary-scale tug-of-war between life, the deep Earth and the upper atmosphere
In 2015, scientists from the University of Tasmania, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of California Berkeley, the University of Otago in New Zealand and others traveled to the site of an underwater volcanic eruption, the Havre Volcano in the Southwest Pacific Ocean
Dr. Ajay Sharda and his colleagues and students do work in precision agriculture to increase efficiency of farming through innovations in farm machinery, sensors and technology and agronomic algorithm development
Scientists from the University of Oxford, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and New York City Audubon studied migrant bird behavior over seven years in a truly unique setting -- "Tribute in Light" in New York City
A new Florida Museum of Natural History study offers the first comprehensive overview of the surprisingly complex question of when butterflies and moths are active
Researchers found that old forests that contain large trees and a diversity of tree sizes and species may offer refuge to some types of birds facing threats in a warming climate
The direct observation of the origin of a new species occurred during field work carried out over the last four decades by a wife-and-husband team of scientists from Princeton University on the small island of Daphne Major in the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean
As wildfires continue to rage in California, a future with fewer forests is very real, according to findings from a new study on the resilience of Rocky Mountain forests
Preliminary research by a University of California, Davis, animal scientist shows that some polar fish have been able to acclimate to warm water or to higher levels of carbon dioxide, but not to both.
Researchers have discovered that climate change, warmer temperatures and earlier snow melt are causing flowers to bloom earlier, affecting bumblebees
As University of Washington scientists report, an unseasonably warm, dry summer in 2015 caused reassembly among subalpine wildflower communities
What do strong, durable, highly conductive nanomaterials have to do with cutting fossil fuel consumption and conserving energy?
A surprising find in a Dutch Harbor, Unalaska, midden has led archaeologist Catherine West to study ancient climate change adaptation on the Aleutian Island
A new reaction mechanism could be used to improve catalyst designs for pollution-control systems for diesel exhaust
National Science Foundation-funded paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian dinosaur